My company sent me on my first business trip, and I was supposed to travel around the city in taxis. Having never ridden in a taxi before, I had problems from start to finish.
First, I had trouble hailing a cab. I didn’t realize that when the taxi’s light is off that the cabbie is off duty. No wonder they took no notice of me.
Then, a cab did pull over and I told him where I wanted to go. He said, though, that he wouldn’t take me because he wouldn’t be able to get a return fare!
I was looking around for a taxi stand when another cab pulled over, but my troubles didn’t stop there.
Cabbie: Where to?
Ignacio: I’d like to go the Hamilton Building downtown. There’s a flat rate, isn’t there?
Cabbie: No, we don’t have flat rates.
Ignacio: But a flat rate to downtown is required by law, isn’t it?
Cabbie: Do you want to go downtown or not? I’ve already started the meter.
Ignacio: Where are your posted rates?
Cabbie: We don’t have any. The first mile is $3.50 and each quarter mile is $2.00.
Ignacio: That doesn’t sound right to me. I think I’ll try another cab.
Cabbie: Suit yourself!
I remembered what my co-worker told me. She said to steer clear of private cabs, like this one. The cabbies don’t have licenses and some of them will really take you for a ride – and not the kind you want!
from start to finish 从头到尾, 自始至终
hail a cab 叫一辆出租车
cabby n. 出租车司机
off duty 下班
took no notice of me 没注意到我，不理睬我
pull over 开到路边
return fare 来回的路费
taxi stand 计程车停车场
flat rate 统一价格
posted adj. 发布的
suit yourself 自便
steer clear of 避开
take you for a ride 欺骗你